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Phong Nha - Ke Bang has the first helicopter tourism service

Fri, 25 Apr 2014. Last updated Tue, 05 May 2015 14:52

On April 24 morning, Quang Binh People’s Committee coordinated with Vietnam Helicopter Company to hold two flights from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. The form of helicopter tours is a new and attractive type of tourism in Quang Binh.

This new and attractive type of tourism, on the one hand, meets the needs of tourists; on the other hand, it contributes to better exploitation of tourism potentials of Quang Binh, especially tours on exploring caves, spiritual life, and visiting old battlefields. Speaking at the opening ceremony of these flights, the representative of the local provincial People’s Committee said that the use of helicopters to visit the World Heritage Site, Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park comes from the needs of tourists who want to admire the sights in a different way from height. At the same time, the helicopters are also seen as effective means of emergency medical support for adventurous tours, discovery tours to Son Doong Cave, En Cave and Tu Lan Cave, etc.

Son River outside Phong Nha Cave

In addition, this kind of tours serves the needs of surveying rugged mountainous areas which have not been discovered. By virtue of this, the new features in the area of Phong nha Ke Bang National Park will be explored. These features might support research, management and protection in the national park and tourism operation in the near future. The schedule is arranged from April 20 to May 5. The Northern Helicopter Company (under the Vietnam Helicopter Company) will send its helicopters to Quang Binh to perform some flights catering the provincial and tourist needs, and offer helicopter medical services in adventure tours to Son Doong cave in Bo Trach District. Earlier, the company had a flight to survey approaching points that can serve tourism and rescue activities and in Phong Nha Ke Bang.

Bi Cave in Phong Nha

Trial of new tours to explore En Cave by helicopters in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park will be opened from April 26 to 28. This is a combination of the management board of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, The Northern Helicopter Company, and some travel companies in Quang Binh. There will be only three helicopter tours in 2014 to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. These helicopter flights will fly around Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park once, during this time, tourists have a chance to see Son Doong Cave’s Garden of Eden; and then, these flights will approach the entrance of En Cave for tourists to explore.

Inside Phong Nha Caves

Mr. Nguyen Huu Hoai, the Chairman of Quang Binh People’s Committee said that Quang Binh is the first province in the Central Vietnam organizing services of helicopter tours. The organization of this tour opens up great opportunities for tourists to travel and discover Phong Nha Ke Bang. It also meets the limited time of tourists when traveling Vietnam in general and Quang Binh o particular. This is considered a major turning point of Quang Binh tourism.

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